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Jack the Ripper mystery finally solved ?

September 7, 2014 | Comment icon 58 comments



Jack the Ripper stalked the streets of 19th century London. Image Credit: John Atkinson Grimshaw (1880)
Author Russell Edwards believes he has determined the identity of the infamous 19th century killer.
It's one of the best known and enduring murder mysteries the world has ever known, yet more than 120 years after Jack the Ripper's killing spree through the streets of London there has never been a definitive answer as to who he really was.

Now author and "armchair detective" Russell Edwards believes that he has finally unmasked the killer and that his real identity was Aaron Kosminski, a 23-year-old Polish immigrant.

Edwards has based his conclusions on a blood-stained shawl that he purchased back in 2007 and that he claims holds criticial DNA evidence that proves Kosminski was the infamous killer.
"I've got the only piece of forensic evidence in the whole history of the case," he said. "I've spent 14 years working on it, and we have definitively solved the mystery of who Jack the Ripper was."

The shawl belonged to Catherine Eddowes, one of Jack's victims, and contains the DNA of both her and Kosminski who was already one of six prime suspects in the case.

"When we discovered the truth it was the most amazing feeling of my entire life," said Edwards.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (58)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #49 Posted by mbrn30000 8 years ago
Here is another take on the story in a book review for Russell Edwards in the LA times. http://www.latimes.c...0909-story.html# seems this might be just another hoax of sorts to sell books. If you can't trust the Daily Mail...lol.
Comment icon #50 Posted by Sucellos 8 years ago
Here is another take on the story in a book review for Russell Edwards in the LA times. http://www.latimes.c...0909-story.html# seems this might be just another hoax of sorts to sell books. If you can't trust the Daily Mail...lol. So in 2002 was DNA taken from a stamp from a Ripperletter should have been from Walter Sickert. In 2006 DNA from stamps on claimed Ripperletters revealed female DNA. 2014. a scarf with sperm from the attacker and blood from the victim... DNA was from a polish man. In my opinion a scraf with sperm, from a prostitute, doesnt proof its the sperm of the murderer. And sin... [More]
Comment icon #51 Posted by DefenceMinisterMishkin 8 years ago
I think it was H.H Holmes, the guy that built that murder house, and who just also happened to travel to london in 1888 waiting for his murder house to be completed before returning once complete.
Comment icon #52 Posted by mbrn30000 8 years ago
So in 2002 was DNA taken from a stamp from a Ripperletter should have been from Walter Sickert. In 2006 DNA from stamps on claimed Ripperletters revealed female DNA. 2014. a scarf with sperm from the attacker and blood from the victim... DNA was from a polish man. In my opinion a scraf with sperm, from a prostitute, doesnt proof its the sperm of the murderer. And since it seems they didnt washed things often, Because in 126 years the scarf wasnt washed. Its a miracle there is only sperm found from one man. Who knows maybe the polish haircutter had an affair with the police, who stole the scarf... [More]
Comment icon #53 Posted by timewarrior 8 years ago
I think it was H.H Holmes, the guy that built that murder house, and who just also happened to travel to london in 1888 waiting for his murder house to be completed before returning once complete. This is the Timewarrior speaking. Unlikely. . .different modus of operandi. . .Either a sailor or possibly someone who lived nearby. There was an interesting documentary about Jack the Ripper in America. . .particularly it was a sailor who may have been in England around the time of murders and who was eventually caught red handed doing similar murders in New York shortly after the murders ended.
Comment icon #54 Posted by Antilles 8 years ago
1. The scarf has no serious, proven beyond doubt provenance that ties it to cathy Eddowes. Hearsay is not proof. 2. The DNA testing names one mitochondrial donor, not the 2nd donor. Why not name the 2nd? I'm thinking because there is no 2nd backup donor. This need a lot more evidence.
Comment icon #55 Posted by Still Waters 8 years ago
Latest - Claim that Jack the Ripper has been unmasked by DNA evidence as a Polish immigrant barber is WRONG, say experts http://www.dailymail...ay-experts.html
Comment icon #56 Posted by mbrn30000 8 years ago
Latest - http://www.dailymail...ay-experts.html .In related news, prices slashed at barnes and noble.
Comment icon #57 Posted by DieChecker 8 years ago
Latest - http://www.dailymail...ay-experts.html Mystery Un-Solved..... DNA evidence shows author is an idiot.....
Comment icon #58 Posted by Antilles 8 years ago
I've read Edwards book. Anyone else read it and care to discuss?


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